City Honors Fallen Officer with Memorial Marker

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By Brittany Bivins

The City of Montgomery is honoring a fallen hero. Keith Houts, a Montgomery police officer, was shot and killed in 2006, while making a routine traffic stop. Now, there's a marker to honor his memory, and others who gave their lives in service.

Community leaders hold services every year around Christmas to honor law enforcement officers who gave their lives for the community.They say Keith Houts deserves to be remembered and respected for his sacrifice.

September 28, 2006 is a day Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy says he'll never forget. "I was standing in this street and I knelt down by Keith. He was mortally wounded. There were officers that were screaming, officers that were crying," he said.

Two days later, Houts died at Jackson Hospital. On Saturday, community leaders honored Houts and other officers who died in the line of duty by reading their names and placing wreaths by markers.

"It's very important to us as a community, as an organization to remind his parents, his family, hey, we're never going to forget your man. He'll always be with us forever, even 100 years from now," said Murphy.

"it's been a long struggle. It's been a long struggle. We dedicated it december seventeenth two-thousand-11. We placed today, and i'm so happy that it's over," said Cubie Rae Hayes.

The new marker also honors Ruben Moulton, who died while delivering toys to needy children, as a part of a tribute to Keith Houst.

Mario Woodward was convicted of Keith Houts' murder in 2008. He remains on death row.